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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, October 22, 2015 ships.. sealing wax.. Ann Young Gregory Maintaining our voice Reprinted from October 14, 2010 With what are termed "mid-term" elections coming up in two and a half weeks, citizens all over the country are exposed to more and more political rhetoric, often nasty, about candidates for various offices--but the common ground for all of us is that every Congressional District in the nation will select its mem- ber for the United States House of Representatives. In our Ninth District, Congressman" Rick Boucher is being challenged by a Virginia politician who doesn't even live in the Ninth District. Congressm~m Boucher, of course, lives in Abingdon, and is a lifelong resident Of the Ninth District. Rick Boucher has accomplished more for the Ninth District than, arguably, any of his predecessors, and he has done so with grace, dignity and the determination to make life for his fellow Southwest Virginians as good as it possibly can be. It is for these reasons that the Clinch Valley Times is honored to endorse Congressman Boucher's candidacy. His opponent has said little to nothing about what his plans are for the Ninth District, but both his local cam- paign and the national GOP have continued to blast Congressman Boucher with incorrect information. Rick Boucher, on the other hand, has refused to dignify such tactics by responding in kind. One of the issues which Congressman Boucher's opponentand his party continue to cite is the "cap and trade" (properly called emissions trading) bill, calling it alternately "Boucher's bill, .... Obama's bill", and "Pelosi's bill." The truth is that the bill hasn't even come up for a vote in the House yet--it has just been sent from committee. The opponent's arguments hold that "cap and trade" could demolish 50,000+ jobs in Southwest Virginia, making it sound like the most evil legislation ever considered. That statement alone needs to be examined. In the first place, I doubt that the United Mine Workers would stand as firmly behind Congressman Boucher with its endorsement if "cap and trade" posed any such threat. Nor would the coal companies, several of which have been outspoken in their support for Rick Boucher. In order to be able to explain the premise of "cap and trade," I had to do considerable research, and the first thing I found is that its premise is to help clean the air and protect the environment. If you have followed Congrrssman Boucher's long-term goals through the years, you know that working toward clean coal tech- nology is one of his priorities. Wikipedia defines the phrase thusly: "Cap and trade is a market-based approach used to control pollution by providing eco- nomic incentives for achieving reductions in the emis- sions of pollutants." The primary offending emission in the case of the current discussion is carbon dioxide, whose definition is at the center of controversy, since it isn't necessarily a pollutant--is necessary for life, in fact. Congressman Boucher has secured federal grants to assist Virginia Tech in research which would lead to carbon dioxide sequestration or other capture, and this "cap and trade" bill, as I understand it, would buy some tune while that research progresses. I heard this issue being discussed informally several weeks ago, and one person commented that a law passed by Congress, which the "cap and trade" bill would become, if approved, would be infinitely preferable to Environ- mental Protection Agency imposition of strict regula- tions, which have been threatened if nothing else is done, since the EPA has repeatedly held that carbon dioxide IS a pollutant. By working to develop clean coal technology, and to provide some interim emis- sions controls, which "cap and trade" would do, the coal industry can be saved. I've read several Intemet references which theorize that coal could eventually be outlawed as a fuel for power-generating plants unless clean coal technology is developed and put into place. Clean coal technology would remove as many emis- sions as possible which result from the burning of coal so that the environment isn't damaged. I was interested to read that the Acid Rain Program of the 1990 Clean Air Act in the United States is basi- cally a "cap and trade" system concerned with remov- ing sulphur dioxide (which IS a toxic gas) from coal- burning emissions. Reportedly fifty percent of that sub- stance had disappeared from emissions between the inception of this "cap and trade" system and 2007, Another effect is that it has reduced the cost of control- ling acid rain by 80 percent. So the current proposal to deal with carbon dioxide is nothing new--such a system has been in effect to deal with a really toxic emission for the last 20 years. Sorry that took up so much space, but it's important to understand that Congressman Boucher's opponents are trying to scare everybody to death by threatening things that just aren't true, and I wanted to make an effort to de-mystify "cap and trade." Rick Boucher has been instrumental in the addition of over 28,000 jobs in the Ninth District; he has made possible the development 6f water and wastewater sys- tems throughout the District--many Sections of which had large percentages of residents who didn't have access to either; he has urged creation of industrial parks and now 26 of the Ninth District's 27 counties and cities have them; he is responsible for 'the creation of veterans' outpatient clinics in Norton, Bristol, Marion, Vansant and Jonesville; and for creating a Veterans' Cemetery in Pulaski County which will serve veterans throughout the Ninth District. He was, as far as I know, one of the first people in Congress to become highly technologically literate--and set as his goal the ensuring that the Ninth District is the most telecommu- nications- capable rural congressional district in the nation, a goal that has been met through broadband access. , That merely scratches the surface. Rick Boucher cares about Southwest Virginia, about all of us and has been our strong voice in Washington,. His opponent doesn't even know us or what we want or need.. Please help us to be sure that we maintain our strong voice in Washington! Local adult education grads receive Musick Lifelong Learning Award The Regional Adult & Career Education Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton Public Schools (RACE 1) joined with members of the Mary and H.L.. Musick family of Hiltons and the public at an October 15 awards ceremo- ny to announce the 2015 recipients of the Musick Lifelong Learning Award. Haylee Million and Marcella Miles of Duffield, Virginia, each received a $250 cash award in recog- nition of their outstanding efforts to continue their education as adult leamers, using their recently earned Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGL-'qLa. PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly 'in St. Patti, VA 24283, By the CLLNCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., L~C. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-cotmty area of g~qse, Russell, Diekenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLLNCH VALLEY TLMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283 g Allen Cn-egory Editor~Adv. Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Rttssell Counties; $30.00 in other 24-zip-codes; elsewhere S32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, EO. Box 817, St. Paul, VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Classified Advet'tising: mini- mum charge $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 25c per word after 20 words. Display Advert- ising rates on application Periodicals publication Post ISSN: 767600 GED credential as a step- ping stone to higher educa- tion and better careers. Marcella enrolled in GED classes at Duffield and earned her GED in October, 2012, while .car- ing for her family and working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Heritage Hall in Big Stone Gap. In 2013 she complet- ed a two-session Pluggedln VA Technology class, lead- ing to her enrollment at Mountain Empire Community College. She has now completed all pre- requisites and is poised to enter the MECC Nursing Program. She plans ulti- mately to become a Registered Nurse. After leaving public school in the seventh grade and completing a home- schooling program, Haylee enrolled in GED classes in Jonesville in 2015 and completed her GED within a matter of months. With the encouragement of her family and teachers, she became a student this fall at Mountain Empire Community College study- ing pre-nursing. On com- pleting the MECC curricu- lum, she plans to bridge to the UVA Wise to earn a BS and become a Nurse Practitioner. Her dream is to work with the elderly population at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Johnson City. The Mary and H.L. Musick Lifelong Learning Award was funded by the Musick family in honor of their deceased parents Mary and H.L. Musick, a respected couple from Hiltons who instilled in their four children a high regard for" education and whose hard work enabled all of their children to earn college degrees. Edttcational accomplish- ments of the family include a National Commission on Adult Literacy member, National Assessment of Educational Progress Chair, Georgia Workforce Investment Board Chair, long-time school system secretary, elementary school principal and three classroom teachers. Sons Mark and Lynn Musick, as well as other members of the Musick family, attend- ed the ceremony and spoke warmly of their parents belief in the value of edu- cation.. "We want to express our great appreciation to Dr. Musick and the entire Musick family for their support of our program. Through their generosity, the Mary and H.L. Musick Award allows the Regional Adult & Career Education Program annually to recog- nize the accomplishments of adult learners in starting - on their career paths," said Adult Ed Program Manager Rebecca Scott. "This award gives these deserving individuals an extra boost on the road to a better life." "None of this would have been possible without the selfless and committed assistance of my instructor Debra Watson, whose help both academically and per- sonally went above and beyond what would be expected, or without the support of my entire fami- ly," stated Million. "Earning my GED has placed me on the fast track to achieving my dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner," she contin- ued. Miles added, "Since earning my GED and my technology certifications, I have completed classes at Mountain Empire Community College to pre- pare me to enter the Nursing Program." She credits the Adult Ed Instructors at the Pioneer Center in Duffield with her success. "Jane Bowlin has been my inspiration, boost- ing my academic skills and giving me, the self-confi- dence I needed to move ahead with my education. One of the most exciting and rewarding benefits of earning my GED is the influence it has had on my children. They understand the value of an education in a way they never have before," she concluded. Both Million and Miles expressed great apprecia- tion to the Musick family for the cash award, which will assist with the pur- chase of textbooks. "I feel blessed and thankful to receive this award," said Million. In addition, RACE i honored Cindy Necessary and Karen Sheets with Brock Group, as well as Principal Ralph Quesinberry and Graphic Imaging Instructor Tommy Musick of the Scott County Career & Technical Center, for their contributions to the program. Perla McMurray, a Scott County GED grad, was recog- nized for her inclusion in an upcoming statewide GED marketing campaign in Virginia and also received a $250 anony- mous cash award, made in honor of Program Manager To the Editor: We would like to thank the town .workers who were so willing to gather all those large bags of trash that the bears drug out of our trash can during the night before Friday morn- ing pick up. We had clean trash bags and gloves gath- ered up ready to go and pick it up and they were already~ working and had the job done in just a few minutes. Thank you guys so much. We are proud of all of our town employees for the great job they do. And also all the things done to make the town look so good by the volun- teers and various commit- tees is" appreciated too. St. Paul is changing and improving weekly. It shows what a lot of good people working for the good of the community can do. Wayne & Sherry Dingus St. Paul To The Editor: Not only has Wise County Clerk of Court Jack Kennedy brought our county's judicial system into a modem age of infor- mation technology recog- nized by court and real estate lawyers across Virginia, he also cares and puts his heart into the bet- terment of the quality of life for local people. Just in the last few years, Jack Kennedy organized a very compli- cated International Space Station live audio-video interactive downlink for thousands of Students; and; along with the downlink astronauts visited Wise County sharing a display of Apollo era moon rock. Jack Kennedy has financially raised money to put a Wise County public school teacher into a zero gravity flight to subse- quently share the experi- ence with students. He helped raise and give money so local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts alike could build and launch rockets, drones and gaze through telescopes at the moon and planets in the night-sky at UVA-Wise. He has also assisted local Boy Scouts in earning several merit badges. While science, technol- ogy, engineering and math~ ematics may be an interest, Jack Kennedy has visited each of our public schools over the years giving them comic-style books about law and courts, reading stories to our children, and encouraging them to better understand law and how it applies to their everyday life. No person on this Earth is perfect, yet Jack Kennedy merits our vote. He, like many teachers, are leaders in shaping the county's future through his dedication to all citizens of Wise County. Teddy Huff Coebum, Va. To the Editor: I am a deputy with the Wise County Sheriff's Office and I write to express my support for Chuck Slemp for Commonwealth's Attorney. As a member of the law enforcement com-' munity, I know that we need a partner in the court- house to seek justice and by doing so provide safe streets for our kids to walk down and to stand with us in the fight against crime. Chuck will be that partner and will make sure that the work we officers do is not forgotten when Cases are brought to court. It is my hope that with this partner we can Once again bring back the days that Wise County has experienced millennia before, the peace of mind that once can walk down the street with no worries. That's why he is endorsed by our Sheriff and the vast majority of Wise County's law enforcement community. On top of that, I know that Chuck is a great mentor for the next generation. He teaches at UVa-Wise as a professor of criminal law, civil liberties, and judicial process. I was in Chuck's classes and he inspired me to work harder to make a difference in my home town, this is why I have vigorously pursued my career in law enforcement in hopes that one day I can only come close to doing what Sheriff Oakes has done for this community and to make the impact that chuck has for Southwest Virginia in his other works as advisor for the Attomey General. Chuck went out of his way to help students and his enthusiasm is con- tagious. Please support a great man of character and an experienced public ser- vant this November, Chuck Slemp. Bumis Brummitt Coebum, VA To the Editor, The population of Wise County and Norton is near- ly the same as the com- bined population of Lee and Scott Counties. Yet, Wise County concludes more civil and criminal cases than Lee and Scott Counties combined; and, with a smaller clerk of court budget. The. result is Wise County Clerk of Court Jack Kennedy is leading a part of the judiciary that handles more work at less cost than Lee and Scott County combined. Jack Kennedy's clerk of court opponent needs to do some remedial math before he should be taken serious- ly. Vote Wisely, vote Jack Kennedy. Sincerely, Travis Tumer Appalachia, VA LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or edi- torial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. Rebecca Scott, ha recogni- tion of her accomplish- ments, Perla is currently a Senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Free adult education classes are'open at 11 loca- tions throughout the Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton area. For details on class and GED testing sched- ules, call Amy Statzer at 386-2433 in Scott County or toll free at 844 M y R A C E 1 (844.697.2231). Details are also available at www.MyRACE1 .org. These are free services offered by public schools divisions in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the city of Norton. Musick Award recipients with instructors and Musick family mem- bers, from left to right: Debra Watson, Haylee Million, Lynn Musick, Dr. Mark Musick, Marcella Miles and Jane Bowlin.